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WE RIDE SEAN COLLIER’S STAR RACING YAMAHA YZ250F

  IT’S NO SECRET THAT EVERY RACE TEAM LIKES TO THINK OF THEMSELVES AS THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE.  IT’S HUMAN NATURE TO THINK THAT EVERY MOTOCROSS FAN KNOWS WHO THEY ARE. As he’s a neighbor of Motocross Action’s managing editor Tim Olson, we’d love to say Sean Collier volunteered to let the MXA wrecking crew take his 2006 Star Racing YZ250F and thrash on it. Truth is, Sean was busy at the Yamaha Supercross test track in Corona, California, and wouldn’t be able to help us in our quest to try ou…

2006 YAMAHA YZ250F TEST

  As much as a giant, monolithic, multinational corporation can be, Yamaha is a rebel. As a rule of thumb, Yamaha always takes the road less traveled. Need proof? How about the first single-shock motocross bike (Monoshock)? First Brake Activated Suspension System (BASS)? First power valve-equipped exhaust port (YPVS)? First aluminum-framed works bike (YZM500)? Or, the granddaddy of all firsts, the first modern-era four-stroke motocross bikes?   While the rest of the manufacturers were busy per…

MXA’S 2006 KTM 250SX DIRT BIKE TEST

KTM was the smallest of the Big Five. It didn’t have the massive output in scooters, golf carts, power equipment, automobile engines, oil tankers, airplanes and motocross bikes of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki. But small isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

2006 HONDA CRF250 TEST

Buzz is a weird thing. Public attention is drawn to Ben Affleck when it comes to his personal life, but nobody goes to see his movies. New motorcycles aren’t all that different when it comes to buzz. Common sense would tell you that the all-new aluminum-framed KX250F and YZ250F would be the subject of all the pit chatter. Not so. The twin pipes on the CRF250 double-trump everything else on the public’s radar. How do we know? That’s simple. Every time we take our 2006 KX250F and 2006 CRF250 to a local tr…

MXA’S 2006 KX250F TEST

What a difference a year makes. After spending all of 2004 and 2005 on what were essentially clone machines, Kawasaki and Suzuki decided to go their separate ways in 2006. It isn’t a divorce of equals, though. Kawasaki’s divorce lawyer was better than Suzuki’s. How so? Suzuki will be selling the same-old 2005 RM-Z250 (with a few engine improvements), while Kawasaki dealers will get all of the engine improvements, along with a new aluminum perimeter frame, Showa suspension (front and rear), Renthal handl…

HONDA CRF230 TEST

BASIC INFORMATION: Retail Price: $3,599.00. Transmission: Standard (six-speed). Engine type: Four-stroke.   CRF230 PURPOSE The CRF230 was designed, developed and tested to hit a home run when it comes to fun for nearly everyone in the whole family. While Honda didn’t engineer the CRF230 to fit an average-height sub-teenager, they did make sure the bike fit everyone else quite comfortably. The 230 is best mated with beginner and novice trail riders, although it can also be considered a play bike for…

2006 HONDA CRF450 TEST

In our opinion, Honda took a quantum leap forward with the CRF450 in 2005. One year ago, Honda changed the frame geometry with a fourth generation twin-spar frame. They improved the shift drum, shift forks and shift fork shafts for more accurate shifting.

2006 HONDA CR250 RACE TEST

Of all the major manufacturers, Honda can be forgiven for not throwing the full weight of their engineering prowess behind the 2006 CR250 two-stroke. After all, way back in 1972 Honda vowed that they weren’t interested in building two-strokes

MXA’S 2006 KTM 250SXF TEST

Motocrossers like to think of themselves as individuals. They believe that they are unique in a world of brown shoes and starched shirts. They want to stand out in a milquetoast world of followers with their bravado, creativity and oneness. In a society rife with conspicuous consumption, subliminal marketing and mass production, racers value their uniqueness above all else. Unfortunately, society doesn’t reward strangenessit punishes it; labels it as cultish; and abuses it by derision. The same holds tr…

2006 HONDA CR125 TEST

The fate of the 125cc two-stroke has everyone in the motorcycle industry in a conundrum. While they are committed to continue producing 250 two-strokes, largely because unit sales are larger and the machines are still competitive in the AMA 250 Supercross series, the 125 two-stroke isn’t so secure. The ax fell on the Kawasaki KX125 this year, and the nervous Nellies are anxiously looking around to see who might be next on the chopping block.   So who is sitting under Damocles’ sword? We aren’t tell…

2006 HONDA CRF250

                2006 Honda CRF250R- Features   CRF250R Honda innovation scores once again as the 2006 CRF250R boasts a unique dual-muffler exhaust system to improve handling and power. Features & Benefits New for 2006 ?            New dual-muffler exhaust system centralizes mass and reduces turning inertia to improve the lightweight feel of the bike. ?     &nbsp…